Laura Sahr Schmit

Attorney
Phone:612-335-4292 Send Email

Laura Sahr Schmit provides compassionate, highly skilled legal representation to her clients in the areas of divorce, domestic abuse, paternity, third party custody, parenting time, child support, division of property (marital and non-marital), and spousal maintenance (also called alimony).

Laura’s philosophy for families going through divorce or custody proceedings with children is the well-being of the children is paramount. Laura took a leave of absence from the practice of law to be a stay at home mom to her three children and has a unique sensitivity to the concerns of both working parents and stay at home parents. She also has an understanding of what it is like to return to work after having been out of the workforce for a period of time and the accompanying challenges. For those individuals divorcing closer to retirement, the issues are different. Laura helps clients identify what they want their life post-divorce to look like and how to achieve it. Laura is both an advocate and a counsellor helping clients through life transitions with dignity, wisdom, and empathy. Laura firmly believes her clients are best served with a negotiated settlement where the client has a voice in the final agreement as opposed to submitting the matter to the court to determine the outcome. However, Laura’s background in theatre and law make her a zealous advocate in the courtroom on behalf of her clients.

When not practicing law, Laura enjoys directing high school musicals and plays, sailing, skiing, white water rafting, travelling and book clubs. Laura is married with 3 adult children and one dog.




Education

University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Juris Doctor – 1988

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts – 1983
Major: History
Major: Theatre

Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut – 1979-1981
The Blake School, Hopkins, Minnesota – 1979

Bar Admissions

Minnesota, 1988

Certifications

Rule 114 Qualified Neutral: Civil Mediation, Hamline Law School, 2011

Legal Affiliations/Memberships

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member- Annual Conference Committee (2011), Education Committee, Membership Committee (chair 2017)
Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, Member
Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Minnesota State Bar Association Foundation Board member, 2012- 2014
Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
– Memorial Committee, 2012 – Present
– Development Committee, 2012-2016
– Ethics Committee, 1991 – 1994
American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers Divorce Camp planning committee
Children’s Law Center volunteer attorney
Volunteer Lawyers Network

Speaker

Presenter, Family Law Institute, need title March 2017

Community Activities

Thomas Jefferson High School, theatre director 2006- to date
Vote Yes for Schools/ Unite Bloomington for Schools, Referendum committees 2003, 2007 (chair), 2013, 2017
Education Foundation of Bloomington, 2004 – Present, Scholarship committee
Founding Board Member, Bloomington Theatre Board, 2006-2015
Minneapolis Aquatennial, Judge, 2011
Strategic Planning Team, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center’s Education Programming, 2011
Stages Theatre Company, Board member, Marketing Committee, 2007 – 2010
Women’s Association of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Board member, Marketing Committee and Gala Committee, 2008 – 2009, Symphony Ball Raffle Chair 2005,Vintages of Note committee member 2004-2005
Bloomington Fastpitch Association, Board member 2006 – 2008
Encampment Forest Association, Board of Governors, President (2005 – 2006), 1995 – 2008
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Imagination Ball, Steering Committee, 2006
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Board Member, Board of Life and Growth, 2000 – 2006
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, Gala co-chair 2004; Board Member, 2002 – 2003; Executive Committee, Joe Schmit Celebrity Golf Tournament for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 1990 – 2007
Edina Family Center, Board member Early Child Family Education Advisory Council 1995 – 1999
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Board member, 1992 – 1999, committee member Formula for Hope, 2008.
Alumni Board, The Blake School, 1986 – 1992

Community Involvement

Legal:
Hennepin County Bar Association- member Family Law Section; previously served or currently serve on the Bar Memorial Committee, Development Committee, Ethics Committee
Minnesota State Bar Association- member- previously served on Bar Foundation Board
Minnesota Women’s Lawyers- member
Cooperative Practice Network- member
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts- Chair of Membership committee
Family Law League- member
Family Law Institute 2017- presenter
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Divorce Camp planning committee- 2017
Children’s Law Center- volunteer attorney
Volunteer Lawyers Network

Community:
Education Foundation of Bloomington, Board Member 2004-present
Vote Yes for Schools- referendum committees 2004, 2007 (chair), 2013, 2017.
Jefferson High School theatre director
Delta Gamma sorority- member
VEAP Capital Campaign Co-Chair 2012
Past Board positions include Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Stages Theatre Company, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Board of Life and Growth, The Blake School, Minnesota Orchestra’s WAMSO, Edina Family Center ECFE.